The Attack Begins

The Attack Begins (HM9XQ)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
Country: United States of America

N 37° 10.792', W 77° 28.435'

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The Breakthrough Trail

— Pamplin Historical Park —

Major General Horatio G. Wright deployed the 14,000 attackers of his Sixth Corps in a wedge-shaped formation. Although the entire battle front extended for nearly a mile, the point of the wedge was here, manned by the Vermont Brigade commanded by Brigadier General Lewis A. Grant. Some 2,200 Vermonters stepped out at 4:40 a.m. to lead the assault, their left flank hugging the ravine to your left. The rest of the Sixth Corps formed to the left and right of the Vermonters but somewhat behind them. At the sound of a signal gun, the entire Sixth Corps arose and moved forward, invisible in the misty darkness but making a noise "like a strong breeze blowing through the swaying boughs and dense foliage of some great forest."

The new Confederate picket line fell quickly, but the graycoats behind the main line of fortifications soon realized what was happening. The earthworks in front of you erupted with orange sheets of flame as rifles and cannon wielded by the alerted Southerners poured a deadly fire across this naked field. Could the Vermonters sustain their momentum?
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HM NumberHM9XQ
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Placed ByPamplin Historical Park
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 4:47pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280381 N 4117692
Decimal Degrees37.17986667, -77.47391667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.792', W 77° 28.435'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 47.52" N, 77° 28' 26.10" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6619 Duncan Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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